CENTER FOR CULTURAL INNOVATION (DEADLINE 8/3/07)
Emerging Composer Awards for Bay Area Artists – from the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently announced its 2007 Emerging Composers Awards Program. The foundations will provide up to six grants of $50,000 each to nonprofit San Francisco Bay Area music and music presenting organizations, for the commission and premiere of major new musical compositions by California composers, ages 35 and younger at the time of application.
These grants are part of a three-year $900,000 initiative by the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations to support Bay Area performing artists and arts organizations at a time when funding has been increasingly difficult to come by. In 2005, the initiative funded six commissions for emerging choreographers and in 2006, six commissions for emerging playwrights.
One half ($25,000) of each award will go to the composer as a commissioning fee. The remainder ($25,000) will go to the producing organization, for commission-related expenses for the work’s development and world premiere. The world premiere of all funded compositions will take place in the Bay Area between September 2008 and June 2010.
The 2007 program will grant up to six awards of $50,000 to professionally-oriented musical organizations and presenters that are based in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Contra Costa, San Mateo, or Santa Clara. Proposed commissions in any musical style (jazz, experimental, contemporary classical) or format (chamber, combo, orchestral, choir) will be accepted, but there must be a public premiere of the work(s) which makes it accessible to a general audience.
Applications for the 2007 Emerging Composer Awards Program are currently available online at www.fdncenter.org/grantmaker/gerbode . Completed applications must be submitted to the Gerbode Foundation no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 24, 2007. An advisory panel of music experts from around the U.S will review all the proposals, and final selections will be made by the Gerbode Foundation. Grantees will be announced in early January 2008.